*Imported eggs suspected in Durban’s Salmonella outbreak*
Salmonella bacteria, most likely from contaminated eggs, has put at least 30 people in the greater Durban area in hospital, and sickened many more.
Speculation about which egg supplier is the source of the outbreak is rife. One egg supplier said a KwaZulu-Natal-based company had imported tens of millions of dozen-pack eggs from Brazil which has led to a flood of cheap eggs on the market.
“They are relatively old, and kept just about freezing point,” he said. “When they are brought to room temperature, they sweat, and that’s how the contamination happens.”
eThekwini municipality’s environmental health practitioners have been involved in all those cases, according to those involved.
TimesLive approached both the municipal and provincial health departments for a response, which is still pending.
– Salmonelliosis is most often contracted by eating raw or undercooked meat, poultry or eggs. It results in diarrhoea, stomach cramps and fever, with headache, nausea and vomiting.
*Ensure you cook eggs as Salmonella is destroyed when the eggs are cooked*
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